Global Connections

Rows of flags from around the world

When a woman is educated and empowered, she starts a ripple effect in her community. This is true all over the world. But women still face barriers that keep education and security out of reach. Only through community support and access to resources like education, health care, and career opportunities will women have the chance to succeed. That’s why AAUW has given fellowships to more than 3,000 women in 134 countries and why we regularly speak out on behalf of women and girls at the United Nations and in critical global coalitions. Check out how AAUW has gone global.

Former AAUW President Mary Purcell and Jehan Sadat, widow of Anwar Sadat and former First Lady of Egypt, at the U.N. in 1984A Strong History of Global Work

AAUW has a rich legacy of international work, and our efforts have intersected with world history in fascinating ways. International outreach became a priority to AAUW members immediately following World War I, when AAUW member Virginia Gildersleeve and two British women, Caroline Spurgeon and Rose Sidgwick, established the International Federation of University Women to promote peace and understanding among women in different countries.

During the occupations of World War II, AAUW assisted European women scholars whose lives were at risk: AAUW members helped find academic positions for these students and professors in the United States and other countries. Following World War II, AAUW continued its commitment to cooperation through participation at the Bretton Woods Conference and the United Nations. Today, AAUW continues to advocate for women and girls in a variety of ways.

Women wearing headscarves sitting on teh ground talking.

From Fellowships to Delegations to Grassroots Projects

AAUW uses funding and community outreach to make a difference at every level of advocacy. We’ve given fellowships to more than 3,000 women scholars from 134 countries and sent delegations of AAUW members to three continents to learn about the unique challenges in specific countries. AAUW also funds projects that address the needs of women and girls in communities around the world.

Collaborating for Change

AAUW is a member of many coalitions that support human rights and equality for women and girls. Collaborations include a strategic partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and special consultative status with the United Nations, which means we have influential U.N. privileges that other nongovernmental organizations don’t have.

U.N. youth representative Ammie Lin and AAUW vice president Gloria Blackwell at the 2013 International Day of the Girl Summit as part of the Working Group on Girls.


The Future of Our Global Community

By expanding relationships with international colleges and universities, AAUW is marking the beginning of a new chapter in our history of engaging women worldwide through gaining new AAUW college/university partner members all over the world. This chapter will be written by learning about each country’s unique culture and gender challenges and working with local communities to reach collaborative solutions.